Archive for August, 2019

9/1 Poetry: Baldinger, Drummond-Brown, Padolf, Schafer, Vorhees @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2019 by 6GPress

5 PM SUNDAY, September 1…

We’re kicking off the month of September with a line-up of local and visiting poets for this reading: Jason Baldinger, Renee Drummond-Brown, Nina Padolf, and Duane Vorhees.

JASON BALDINGER is a poet from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was recently a Writer in Residence at Osage Arts Community, and is founder and co-director of The Bridge Series. He has multiple books available including the soon to be released The Better Angels of our Nature (Kung Fu Treachery) and the split books The Ugly Side of the Lake with John Dorsey (Night Ballet Press) as well as Everyone’s Alone Tonight with James Benger (Kung Fu Treachery Press). His work has been published widely in print journals and online. You can listen to him read his work on Bandcamp on lps by the bands Theremonster and The Gotobeds.

NINA PADOLF, a feminist and left-handed rebel, earned her Doctorate in Higher Educational Leadership from Argosy University, her Masters of Art in Teaching from Chatham University, and her Masters of Fine Art in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Carlow University. She is co editor with Deena November, in the recently published: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres Poetry Anthology, Lascause Press. Her poetry is published in Duane’s Poe Tree Blogspot, Pittsburgh City Paper, Indolent Books, What Rough Beast, Dandelion Review, Ekphrasti Review, and short stories published in CMU’s Project Listen. She has worked in higher education for 13 years as Associate Faculty for The Art Insittute of Pittsburgh.

DUANE VORHEES grew up in southwestern Ohio but spent much of his adult life abroad, especially as a university professor in Korea and Japan. Now he divides his time between the US and Thailand, working as a high school substitute teacher and maintaining a daily creative arts magazine (duanesnewpoetree.blogspot.com). Hog Press is publishing his first American collection of poetry, THE MANY LOVES OF DUANE VORHEES.

JANETTE SCHAFER is a poet, nature photographer, part-time classic rock singer, and full-time banker living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is pursuing her Masters in Creative Writing from Chatham University. Her play Mad Virginia won the 2018 Pittsburgh Original Short Play Series. Her work has been published in numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. She is chief editor of The Dreamers Anthology which was released by Beautiful Cadaver Project Pittsburgh in April 2019.

RENEE DRUMMOND-BROWN, is an accomplished poetess with experience in creative writing. She is a graduate of Geneva College of Western Pennsylvania. Renee is still in pursuit of excellence towards her mark for higher education at Chatham University. She is working on her eighth poetry book and has numerous works published globally which can be seen in cubm.org/news, Duane’s POE TREE Magazine, KWEE Magazine, Leaves of Ink, Raven Cage Poetry and Prose Ezine, Scarlet Leaf Publishing House, SickLit Magazine, The Metro Gazette Publishing Company, Inc., Tuck, Wildfire Publications Magazine and Whispers Magazine just to name a few. Civil Rights Activist, Ms. Rutha Mae Harris, Original Freedom Singer of the Civil Rights Movement, was responsible for having Drummond-Brown’s very first poem published in the Metro Gazette Publishing Company, Inc., in Albany, GA. Renee also has poetry published in several anthologies and honorable mentions to her credit in various writing outlets. Renee won and/or placed in several poetry contests globally and her books are eligible for nomination for a Black Book award in Southampton County Virginia. She was Poet of the Month 2017, Winner in the Our Poetry Archives and prestigious Potpourri Poets/Artists Writing Community in the past year. She has even graced the cover of KWEE Magazine in the month of May, 2016. Drummond-Brown’s love for creative writing is undoubtedly displayed through her very unique style and her work solidifies her as a force to be reckoned with in the literary world of poetry. Renee’ is inspired by non-other than Dr. Maya Angelou, because of her, Renee’ posits “Still I write, I write, and I’ll write!”

8/28 The Bridge w/ Barnett, Garilli, Younger, & Garden of Peace @ Ace Hotel

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on August 20, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM WEDNESDAY

For our August installment we will be, in the words of board member and event organizer Cameron Barnett, “Cracking Open Monoliths.” Reader for this event will include Barnett, Dakota Garilli and Lee Ann Younger with our guest organization being The Garden of Peace Project

$5 suggested donation

biographical notes to follow

8/10 Jason Baldinger & Charles Cicirella @ Mac’s Backs

Posted in Events with tags , , on August 8, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM SATURDAY

Jason Baldinger from Pittsburgh and Charles Cicirella from Cleveland will be feature reading with Open Mic. to follow.

8/17 Edmund Berrigan, Lauren Russell, & Karen Lillis @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on August 3, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

Need a mid-month lit reading pick-me-up? EDMUND BERRIGAN will be visiting Pittsburgh to read from his most recent collection of poetry, MORE GONE, alongside local writers LAUREN RUSSELL and KAREN LILLIS.

Praise for MORE GONE:

“A vulnerable and movingly confident self. He impresses with deep impressions.” –– John Godfrey

“Edmund Berrigan’s poems may be ‘more gone,’ but they are also more here. ‘Anxious, patient and sentient,’ they happen at an intimate core of self, family, community, and world, webbing out in all our neighboring shades and activities of being, where experience glitches and knits. They are rollercoastery, beautiful, knowing, revelatory, and real.” –– Eleni Sikelianos

EDMUND BERRIGAN is most recently the author of MORE GONE from City Lights in 2019. Other recent publications include WE’LL ALL GO TOGETHER (Further and Fewer, 2015) and CAN IT! (Letter Machine Editions, 2014). Berrigan was the guest blogger for the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog in March of 2019, and has had essays included in the collections Lovers of my Orchard: Writers and Artists in Frank O’Hara (Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2017) and Joe Brainard’s Art (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).

KAREN LILLIS is a writer and bookseller. She is the author of four novellas, including WATCH THE DOORS AS THEY CLOSE (Spuyten Duyvil). Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, LA Cultural Weekly, Lit Hub, Local Knowledge, Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, and Volume 1 Brooklyn, among others. She has been a writer in residence at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, an art reviewer at The Austin Chronicle, a regular contributor to the anti-war/poetry newspaper New York Nights after 2001, and once wrote a short story on the side of a freight train. Her books earned her a 2014 Acker Award for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction.

LAUREN RUSSELL is the author of WHAT’S HANGING ON THE HUSH (Ahsahta, 2017), and DESCENT (forthcoming from Tarpaulin Sky in 2020). She has received fellowships from the NEA, Cave Canem, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Bettering American Poetry 2015, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, among others. She is a research assistant professor and is assistant director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.